Lessons From Go Fish

On a family vacation in the Rocky Mountains, my siblings decided to play Go Fish. My brother made a rule: if anyone gets dealt three of the same card (like three 8’s), return your cards and shuffle the deck. My hunch was that a triple isn’t actually so rare. So what are the actual odds of getting a triple if the deck is shuffled randomly? How would you go about figuring that out?

Continue reading


Trees, Dictionaries, Pickles, and Loops: Part I

There is a popular conception of “computer people” as tinkerers – people messing with wires and green chips and silver parts. Or, alternatively, as Hollywood-style hackers, pounding on a keyboard in a dark room, surrounded by beeps and blinking lights.

Math doesn’t usually come to mind when we think about computer science. In reality, the two fields have an incredibly close relationship.

Continue reading